Chib for proactive measures to improve mother-child health care

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 28: Minister for Medical & Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports R. S. Chib inaugurated 3-day 10th National Conference of Society of Midwives of India at Sher-i-Kashmir Institution of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
The conference was organized by College of Nursing Sher-i- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Srinagar and Society of Midwives of India (SOMI), J&K Chapter. The theme of the conference is “education for change-strengthening midwifery practices for achieving national health goals”.
Mr. Chib said that only 47 percent women in India have an institutional delivery and 53 percent had their births assisted by skilled birth attendants. He further said as many as 49 percent of pregnant women still do not have any antenatal visits during pregnancy and only 46.6 percent of mothers receive iron and folic acid for at least 100 days during pregnancy.
Earlier, Rafiqa Bashir, Organizing Secretary in her welcome address said that more than 300 delegates from various parts of India and abroad are participating in the conference. She said Sabin Blix from Swedan is resource person at international level and Pashtoon Afsor, represents the International Confederation of Midwives.
Secretary General SOMI Prof. M. Venkit, President SOMI Bandana Dass, Dean Medical Faculty Prof. Khurshid Iqbal, Director Answers Dr. M. Parkassama, Organizer Chairperson Mehmooda Regu, Dr. H. S. Soodan, eminent Dermatologist also spoke on the occasion.
Joint Organizing Secretary, Dilshada Wani gave the vote of thanks to the participants.

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